Have something special to offer?

Start a career with Starling Wines and be part of an exciting, innovative, and rapidly expanding team.

We are one of the UK’s most innovative fine wine specialists. We pride ourselves in providing our customers with the best service possible and as such are always keen to speak with forward thinking like-minded individuals.

Starling’s approach is to remould the old-world industry ways into the today’s world. Technology and innovation move at an incredible pace and we intend to stay ahead of the curve.

If you believe you have something special to offer please get in touch. Explain what you can offer and how you see yourself fitting in to the Starling team, regardless of experience.

Please send your CV and covering letter to HR@starlingwines.com. All applications will be reviewed in complete confidence – We look forward to hearing from you.

Maximising wine values
As the fine wine market has developed in recent years, and prices have risen, perfect provenance has become an increasingly critical factor in ensuring wines reach their maximum value at the point of exit.

This is illustrated by the success of recent ex-cellar chateau auctions, where wines across all vintages have achieved 50-100% more than their market value thanks to their proven immaculate origins. Therefore, it is crucial for investors to do all they can from the point of purchase to maximise the eventual sale value of their wines.

Storing fine wine in bond
The easiest way to prove unquestionable provenance is to store fine wine in wooden cases in bond (IB) in a bonded warehouse such as London City Bond or Octavian Vaults. Such bonded warehouses provide the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity, and other microclimatic factors.

Bonded warehouses have often built up a trusted reputation over centuries in the UK and are also subject to strict rules, the result being an audit trail for every case stored in bond, which provides you with a solid method for tracing provenance. In addition, wines stored IB are not liable for VAT as they are considered ‘in transit’.

A case of IB wine may change hands multiple times without ever leaving the bonded warehouse which removes the risk of damage and disruption. As owner of IB wine you will hold certificates which prove your ownership of the wine as a physical asset- a significant advantage over non-physical assets such as equities which hold no inherent value, other than the paper they are printed on.

Annual storage costs IB are between £10-25 pounds to ensure this perfect provenance. Wine storage prices vary greatly depending on the location.

If you have wines in bond already, please contact us to see if we can arrange a better price.

Original Wooden Casing (OWC)
Wines stored in their original wooden casing (OWC) hold most market desirability and garner the best prices. Non-OWC cases sometimes are found in cardboard cases, or in original cases with replacement lids.

Duty paid cases
Wines that have been removed from bond, and thus have had the Excise Duty and VAT paid on them (DP), will generally command a lesser price than those which have never been removed from bond. From a buyer’s perspective, IB cases are far more desirable than DP cases as they can offer immaculate provenance

US strip label stock
Wines that have been imported into the US have an importation sticker placed on them by the relevant importing firm. Wines bearing this sticker have reduced desirability as they have obviously spent a significant period in freight, often without any significant assurances as to the environment in which they have been stored or records of their movements.

Soiled/damaged stock
With cases of wine that are of a significant age, a certain degree of soiling or damage to labels is to be expected. Wine bottle labels yellow or wrinkle naturally over time whilst being stored at optimum temperature and humidity. Thus, if provenance is impeccable, soiling of this kind in aged bottles should not detract from value.

When purchasing fresh stock, one should ensure that labels and capsules are in mint condition, that wine levels are into the bottle neck (with some exceptions for certain wines in certain vintages), and that bottles come in OWC.

Prooftag
A number of the most desirable wine brands have been taking measures to battle the counterfeit trade that has sprung up as prices for their wines have soared. The Prooftag system has been adopted by some producers, including all the wines of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild (beginning with the 2009 vintage), a technology on all bottles that means that they can be traced and validated upon request.

Careers at Starling Wines
Start a career with Starling Wines and be part of an exciting, innovative, and rapidly expanding business.

Starling Wines are one of the UK’s leading fine wine specialists operating in the global buying and selling of investment grade wine.

We pride ourselves on providing our customers the best service available in the market and as such are always looking to recruit talented individuals who have a strong work ethic eager to be a part of our future growth and success.

One of our objectives as a business has been the nurture and development of quality staff, which over the past few years has built a small but highly effective and specialised team.

We offer excellent career development through our market leading in-house training and development and are always interested in hearing from enthusiastic individuals who would like to join our team.

If you believe you have something to offer the company please get in contact by emailing us a copy of your CV and explain what you can bring to us as an individual as well as why you’re interested in joining Starling Wines. All applications will be reviewed in complete confidence.

Send any CV’s and covering letters to info@starlingwines.com  – We look forward to hearing from you!

Starling Wines are hiring!
We are currently looking to add a Private Client Portfolio  Manager
to our team and are looking for a salesperson with industry experience.

Starling Wines are one of the UK’s leading fine wine specialists providing private client portfolio and investment services to an international client base.

We are looking for exceptional salespeople with existing experience within either the wine trade or financial markets to join our Sales team.